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    Rear wheel spoke guard - need it?

    I changed my wheels the other day and didn't put that plastic thing back on the wheel after changing the cassette to the new wheel.
    Is that thing called a spoke guard? Do I need one?

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    Rear wheel spoke guard - need it?

    If you drop the chain between the cassette and spokes, you will gouge the spokes and they will be prone to breakage. I had that happen and had to have 3 spokes replaced. They always break at the worst possible moment.
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    Most peeps remove them. Just check and adjust the limiter screw occasionally, and you should be good. As stated above, it's costly if the chain falls between the cassette and spokes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedneeder View Post
    I changed my wheels the other day and didn't put that plastic thing back on the wheel after changing the cassette to the new wheel.
    Is that thing called a spoke guard? Do I need one?
    I believe the proper term is "dork disc"
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    I've kept mine.
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    Thanks for the replies - I have had my chain between the cassette and the spokes a few times before upgrading wheels. Maybe I will put the dork disc back on!

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    Learn how to set your limit screws and toss that dork disc. With your limit screws set correctly your chain should never fall between the cassette and the spokes.

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    I will look into it - was thinking the learning phase might be better off with the dork disk

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    Lose the dork disc! Bikes look so much better without!

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    I debated if I should leave it off or on after changing cassettes, but it looks so much better without it. If you set your limit screws correctly, you're chain shouldn't drop unless you crash and bend your derailleur

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